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Pedagogy Inc is Pleased to Introduce our New Author
Pedagogy introduces our new author Ann Catlin!
Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT is an acknowledged expert in the field of massage therapy in eldercare and hospice. She brings to her work thirty years’ experience as an occupational therapist in eldercare and disability rehabilitation. She founded the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC, an organization that offers training in Compassionate Touch®, an approach for those in later life stages. Ann is the recipient of the 2012 One Concept Humanitarian Award honoring her work training others to serve this special population.

She may be reached at

Ann’s website beautifully explains “What is Compassionate Touch?“

Compassionate Touch® is a complementary approach for those in eldercare, hospice and palliative care. It combines focused touch and sensitive massage with specialized communication skills to enhance the quality of life for those in later life stages.

More than a set of techniques and skills, it is a way of relating that will help you bring true change to the lives of people for whom nurturing human touch is just a memory.

The concepts and techniques of Compassionate Touch® may be used by any professional, family or volunteer caregiver as an easy-to-learn and effective tool in caring for individuals living with the effects of aging, disease or disability.

An underlying principle of Compassionate Touch® is that we each have within us a healing presence and human touch is the medium we use for offering the gift of this natural presence.

Caregivers of all kinds are called upon to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of people they care for. With Compassionate Touch® as a tool, you gain an effective intervention and enjoy the mutual benefit of the gift of touch.

Compassionate Touch® gives you the opportunity to contribute to another human being in a way that is both simple… and profound.

We are happy to have added Ann to the Pedagogy family and are pleased to offer her course, “Massage and Compassionate Touch”. The significance of the human touch in caregiving is vitally important for our elderly with dementia. Ann does an outstanding job introducing professional caregivers in eldercare or hospice and massage therapists to the benefits and practical application of skilled touch as a non-pharmacological, non-invasive, and cost-effective approach in managing special needs and challenging behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Differentiate Compassionate Touch® from other forms of touch therapy.
  2. Identify caregiver challenges associated with care of elders with mid-stage of Alzheimer’s disease
  3. Define agitated behaviors and identify possible causes.
  4. Recognize the significance of the human touch in caregiving.
  5. Relate the benefits of skilled touch related to dementia care.
  6. Identify the general guidelines of using skilled touch with persons with dementia.
  7. Simulate a hand massage protocol

To view her course click here.
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